New report on state university system breaks little new ground but fires up debate

New report on state university system breaks little new ground but fires up debate

A report released Wednesday on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) confirmed a need for reform in the system, but stopped short of prescribing explicit best practices for legislators to enact. 

The report, from the RAND Corporation — a non-profit policy think tank — was initiated through a resolution from Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) that passed the chamber in April 2017. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Senate leadership gets behind redistricting as Folmer looks for fixes in second hearing

Senate leadership gets behind redistricting as Folmer looks for fixes in second hearing

With a little more than two months left to pass a bill and start the long, winding road to a constitutional amendment, Senate leadership now appears fully in on passing a bill to change how the state conducts redistricting.

“We want to be done by June, before we leave,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said yesterday, adding: “It won’t be exactly Senate Bill 22 — we will amend it, I'm sure — but we’ll definitely keep the same spirit and same direction that SB 22 goes in, making an independent commission.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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IFO report predicts proposed severance tax would make up for cut in state corporate income tax rate

IFO report predicts proposed severance tax would make up for cut in state corporate income tax rate

A recently released Independent Fiscal Office review of Governor Tom Wolf’s 2018 budget analyzed three marquee proposals found within — a cut in the state’s corporate net income tax, a natural gas severance tax and raising the minimum wage to $12.00.

Taken together, the IFO predicted an average annual gain of $418 million each year in state revenue, which peaks in the early 2020s before falling down by 2023.

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Redistricting advocates’ strategy? Keep feeding ‘em bills

Redistricting advocates’ strategy? Keep feeding ‘em bills

Despite a last minute gut-and-replace maneuver last week, redistricting advocates have not given up the fight to pass a redistricting bill through the House by its self-imposed June 30 deadline.

In fact, they’ve even settled on a new strategy — namely, a flood of legislation all heading for Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and the State Government Committee, which so recently gutted and rewrote the House’s prime redistricting bill without any outside input.

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Rotunda roundup: Anti-hazing, welfare work requirements and worker’s comp medication bills move forward this week

Rotunda roundup: Anti-hazing, welfare work requirements and worker’s comp medication bills move forward this week

It was a busy week in Harrisburg with both chambers in session, and so while a flurry of activity is expected, here are three bills that deserve a little extra attention:

Thursday, April 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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